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My understanding is most people just introduce new rugs and carpet just like they would introduce a new area in their home - watch vigilantly and train and play in the area so the dog wont want to pee there.
I just bought a new rug at the beginning of the summer. The way I handled it was probably overkill, considering our dog is almost 2 and well potty trained. But, I was worried because I went through a couple of rugs at my back door because he peed waiting to go out when no one was paying attention.
In addition to my area rug I bought a small rug sample. I kept the big rug blocked off for about a week and kept the small rug in the family room, which is where he hangs out most of the time, so he would get used to it. After a few days I spent some time actively playing and training with him on the big rug. So far so good. I still block it off when heís home alone, but I donít think I will ever leave him home alone on carpet at all because of his anxiety.
Honestly, I think my dogs nails are a bigger threat to my rugs than pee.
I agree about pee pads, assuming they are similar to paper. Our puppy was introduced to indoor training through the breeder with paper. I think itís a million times harder for someone inexperienced to train with paper and a million times easier for someone inexperienced to train with pellets. When I switched to pellets my puppy stopped trying to proudly pee on every piece of paper he found (and I have school age kids so sometimes it feels like there are papers everywhere).